A group of protesters plans to march to Governor Rick Snyder's home in Ann Arbor this evening to deliver a message to Governor Snyder calling on him to repeal the state's controversial emergency-manager law.
Ray Holman, with UAW Local 6000 state-workers union plans to join the march. He says the protest honors the memory of Reverend Martin Luther King Junior.
"You're talking about a man who literally gave his life for people to be able to have dignity at the workplace, for people to exercise their rights to vote, and this law goes against everything Dr. King stood for," he says.
The rally was put together in part by organizations leading the lawsuit against the state's emergency manager law. Governor Snyder says he does not mind the march because protesting and rallying is an important part of the democratic process.
The protestors complain the law has been used exclusively against predominantly African-American cities and school districts. Snyder rejects the allegation. He says the law was written to help cities struggling with their finances and services and that race plays no part in the decision to launch a state takeover.
"We have cities that have had drastically declining populations and when you get in that environment, it's very difficult," he says. "You have to restructure your costs to deal with the smaller population. Over the long term, the answer that really want to get to is, how do we grow these cities again. And part of that is getting financial stability put in place so you can move in a positive direction."